MARTIN AUSTIN (OZ)
Oz grew up in Cheshire and developed a short career as a Upholsterer and fabric cutter, reaching such lofty heights as cutting suits for Savile Row. Aspiring for more meaning in his work, Oz redirected his efforts to work in disability and autistic care.
An honest guy with a strong sense of justice and equality, he has wide range of interests in subjects such as philosophy, law, history, health and the environment. Oz is a strong force in connecting the heart of what we do, with our environmental and social goals. He is particularly astute when it comes to waste; turning peoples rubbish into usable products. Through his business, Retyre, he developed products from disregarded bicycle tyres long before it became popularised. He has also run enterprise projects in schools using tyre products as a means to engage young peoples entrepreneurial skills.
Oz has designed and developed all the technical and growing systems for Rooting and Fruiting, a job for a critical thinker and problem solver. He is rapidly devising lab techniques to suit wild strain cultivation and is pioneering some new UK strains.
Oz loves Turkey Tail because of the amazing colour variation, the velvety texture, that they're relatively easy to pick and they have great medicinal value.